Hair steamers are nothing new. You’ve seen steamers in salons and often hairdressers use them on you whenever you have a treatment. You also know that after you use the hair steamer at the salon, your natural hair comes out feeling soft, smooth, and oh so manageable.
Having hair steamed at a salon is alright, but is it worth getting one at home?
What is a Hair Steamer?
As its name implies, a hair steamer uses steam from purified water to moisturize dry hair. It uses electricity to make the water in the built in reservoir boil. The boiling water produces steam, which comes out of the dome-like part of the steamer where you would normally sit under with your natural hair pulled up around your head.
How Does a Hair Steamer Work on Natural Hair?
Natural hair is often characterized by tight curly hair. The curls make it difficult for the hair’s natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends of the hair. This can result to your hair becoming dry, coarse, and hard to manage.
Hair steamers deliver moisture to the entire length of your hair by creating a humid environment. This humid environment that provides moisture to your hair is often an enclosed dome-like apparatus. When you sit under the dome, your hair, from the root to the tip, receives moisture so it becomes soft and smooth.
Benefits of Using a Hair Steamer
A hair steamer isn’t a household staple yet, but those who have used it know that this is one product that you should have at home. Whether you have fine or curly hair, having a hair steamer at home provides your hair with so many incredible benefits. Here are 5 of the most important benefits your hair gets from a hair steamer.
1. Get rid of toxins and buildup – Steaming your hair and scalp on a regular basis allows the toxins from the scalp to be flushed out. Think about how you would steam your face to open up pores and then afterward you use a scrub or a brush to remove the dirt. The idea is the same. The steam helps purify and cleanse your scalp and hair. It helps open up the pores and the hair cuticles so the impurities can come out. The heat from the steam may also help break down buildup caused by hair products such as hair sprays, gels, and similar products. The steam is powerful enough to break buildup down without drying out your hair and scalp. Once the impurities are out, you can easily rinse hair and feel cleaner than ever.
2. Allows deep conditioners and other treatments penetrate the hair shaft – Deep conditioners work best when the hair is able to absorb it properly. In the case of natural hair, the tight coils and curls often make it hard for the treatments to absorb fully. Heat from the steamer can assist with this problem. The hair steamer opens up the hair cuticles in the individual hair strands so they can receive the treatment directly to their core. When products are delivered where they are needed the most, hair becomes properly moisturized so it looks gorgeous.
3. Improves elasticity – Steaming hair allows you to shape and style hair easily without any worries of hair breaking off the way it does when you brush it dry. Steam can help hair feel more elastic so that it does not break when easily when you style it. The steam also allows moisture to penetrate deep into the hair shaft so it becomes more moisturized than ever. A well-moisturized hair is not brittle and won’t break easily.
4. Promotes better hair growth – Hair grows better when it is properly moisturized and when it doesn’t break easily. These are the 2 benefits of hair steaming that was mentioned earlier. Hair that does not break easily won’t feel dry, have frizz, and be prone to split ends. It will keep growing the way natural hair should and you never have to worry about breakage and hair fall.
5. Better moisture retention – Steam moisturizes hair from within. This means your hair retains the moisture better. It does not evaporate as quickly as it would when you just put on conditioner on your hair. The fact that the moisture goes within, means it stays there longer than usual.
Hair Steaming Products and Brands to Try
If you want to try hair steaming your tresses, there are some brands that you can check out. Below are some of the most popular hair steamer brands.
1. Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer – this is possibly the least expensive hair steamer among other hair steamers in the market today. What makes this one special other than its low price is that it is easy to tote around. The steamer has a similar look of a handheld vacuum cleaner or a bigger hair dryer. The ends are dotted with prongs where the steam comes out. These prongs can also serve as hair shapers so you can easily style your hair as you steam. The Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer is lightweight and easy to use. Just plug it in, add water, and wait for the steam to start. The downside to this steamer is that it may take a while for you to steam your entire hair.
2. Red Pro Hair Therapy Steamer 2 in 1 Hair and Facial Steamer – the design of this hair steamer is similar to the salon type steamers. It has a dome-like structure where you can sit under it and the steam will come out to moisturize your hair. As its name implies you can also use it for a facial steam. It is a bit more expensive than the handheld steamer mentioned earlier and is a bit bulkier too. It can be placed on top of a table. If you plan to take this steamer with you, you better have a huge luggage because the dome is not collapsible.
3. Skin Act Deluxe Hair Steamer – Unlike the Red Pro Hair Steamer, this one has a stand so you can place it on the floor. It is similar to the salon type hair steamers that you see. It also has a built in timer that stops the steam automatically. The price on this one can be more than a hundred dollars so be ready to shell out a lot.
A hair steamer is a great way to moisturize natural hair without adding too much hair product. Using it means you are moisturizing your hair with just water and not chemical based hair moisturizers. It is a great product to try especially if you’ve always wanted long, beautiful, natural hair.